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Do you want to delve deeper into Nantucket’s natural world and learn more about the creatures, plants and habitats that make our island such a unique and fascinating place? If so, spend the first weekend of November 2017 with Nantucket’s conservation community and scientists researching wildlife, vegetation and ecosystems by attending the 2017 Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative Conference. Check out the conference events and speakers by following the link from the main page of the Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative website and then if you decide to go, click the Registration button.

Keynote speaker Dr. Richard Primack of Boston University and author of “Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau’s Woods ” kicks off the weekend on Nov. 3 with an early evening talk at the Nantucket Atheneum. All day at the Nantucket Hotel on Nov. 4, Nantucket and visiting scientists will report on their ongoing research topics including American oystercatchers, New England Chicory, Carrion beetles, Northern long-eared bats and salt marsh in relation to sea level rise among many other intriguing research projects. Cocktails and light bites follows at the end of Saturday’s events at the Nantucket Culinary Center. And then Nantucket Walkabout guide Peter Brace is guiding a wetlands and Middle Moors walk on Nov. 5 at 9 a.m.

Sometimes, our hikers join us for very specific reasons, such as Tim and Anne Royappa, who were excited to see flowers they’d never found before and identify them by book and online. We had a great time exploring Stump Swamp and Norwood Farm, and our guide, Peter Brace, learned a few new wildflowers that favor the wetter areas of Nantucket!

We welcome your natural world knowledge and enthusiasm on all of our hikes!

Come hike with us!

Nantucket Walkabout had the great pleasure of guiding this family from Columbus, Ohio out to Smith’s Point for an amazing sunset and back again last week while a nearly full moon rose over Nantucket as grey seals followed us back along the beach. Thanks, Susan Wood and family for a great night!

 

 

What a great night for our first sunset hike out to Smith’s Point of Summer 2017! Amanda and Matt wanted to get away from the frenzy of downtown during the Fourth of July Weekend and Smith’s Point, currently closed to vehicles due to nesting shorebirds, proved to be the perfect escape, as we we were there only ones out there. Nantucket Walkabout about guides a sunset hike out to Smith’s Point on most Sunday’s throughout the summer. Please join us!

Merchandise isn’t really our thing unless it serves a function on the trail, which is why we’re excited about our Nantucket Walkabout merino wool hats. A good friend of Nantucket Walkabout Guide Peter Brace donated 50 hats to give us a leg up in our second season. They’re light enough to be worn during the summer on cool foggy mornings and just right for fall and winter hikes. Want one? They’re $42.50 and come in beanie-style and a slightly taller hat with a tassel. We also have t-shirts in white to keep you cool on hot summer hikes in small through XXXL for $20. T-shirts have our logo on the back and “Walk Nantucket” on the front.  Ask Peter about our trail-wear after your hike.